Annual Drinking Water Information
Size and number of connections
This system has 60 connections, with 22 active water users. At full build-out of the development, this system could have up to 105 connected lots.
This system is located in the residential development commonly known as Grandview Properties, just a 5 minute drive west of Balfour. This system is within RDCK Electoral Area E.
The Grandview Properties Water System draws water from Kootenay Lake--an abundant source of water. The water is pumped from the lakeshore uphill to a reservoir.
This system was initially constructed in 2001, and further expanded in 2008 to increase the service area.
Grandview Properties Water System uses a SCADA (System Control and Data Acquisition) system to electronically monitor water quality, treatment, flow, etc. Treatment Water on this system receives three levels of treatment for disinfection: 1) mechanical filter, 2) ultra-violet light, and 3) chlorination.
Media filtration and 5 micron filtration are provided for the water system but are not recognized as an effective treatment barrier to Giardia and Cryptosporidium. Ultraviolet disinfection is recognized as being effective at deactivating Giardia and Cryptosporidium if other water quality parameters are met.
This system has two storage components, a lower reservoir with 233,000 L capacity, which meets the anticipated maximum daily demand for 49 connections, as well as fire storage, emergency provisions, and flux volume. The system also includes an upper reservoir with a 252,000L capacity to meet the same requirements for an additional 56 connections.
The distribution system consists primarily of HDPE piping. Lines are looped where possible, and dead-ends are avoided. Each home can receive daily domestic flows with good pressure.
This system has sufficient capacity to meet the requirement for rural fire-fighting demand. There are seven hydrants on the system. The Fire Underwriters Survey has reviewed the system and is now recognized as having a Dwelling Protection grade. Subscribing insurance providers can now get water system grading information from Fire Underwriters Survey.
This system would be more financially sustainable at a higher occupancy rate. It is anticipated that more homes will be built and connected to the water system in the near future.
The Grandview Properties developer had required that all residences in Grandview have water meters installed to monitor system demand. Water demands were reviewed in 2014 and it was determined that water demand was much higher than anticipated and that at the current consumption rate the water system may not be able to support full planned development.
A universal metering program has been implemented in Grandview Properties Water System.
Benefits of meter based billing are:
- Improved water loss detection and management
- Improved water conservation resulting in lower operating costs
- Reduced capital infrastructure costs
- Equitable water rates - large water consumers would pay more for their water consumption
Meters and/or meter interface units have been installed at all residences. Metered water rates for this system will be implemented in 2018. For more information, please visit the Water Meters webpage.
Residences constructed after summer 2016 are responsible for the full cost of the meter installation. Property owners who are making changes to their properties should submit a Water Application which can be found on our Utility Billing webpage.
Plans for Future Upgrades
There are no plans for upgrades at this time.
Asset Management Planning
An Asset Management Plan (AMP) is complete and being updated annually. The 2018 AMP summary report can be viewed HERE.
The RDCK has received grant funding under the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP) in 2018 to develop a Risk & Criticality Assessment model for the water system's distribution network. This Risk & Criticality Assessment model is now a component of the AMP and is included when RDCK management considers asset replacement dates or the prioritization of upgrade work on the highest risk/highest need.
This system was converted to a RDCK service in January 2012. It was historically privately owned and operated.
The content on this page was last updated April 15 2019 at 2:56 PM